Geelong + Ballarat tribe
at Mt. Emu


Birren -

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Stephen Morey

Birren is apparently the Kurnai word for honeysuckle (banksia)


What indicates that this is Kanai? So far I have three glosses for 'honeysuckle' in the kanai database:
Honeysuckle 'Tarra' (hw0436 p.12)
Honeysuckle 'Bown' (Smyth II:39)
honeysuckle tree 'Bearra' (W.T. Dawson and J.H.W. Pettit page 11.)
The example from Dawson and Pettit, with the exception of the final nasal, resembles the shape here. Of particular interest is the initial part of the word 'biR' as the Western Kulin word (as mentioned in this collection) is 'biRgalk'. This Kulin word is a compound term i.e. biR-galk the 'galk' meaning 'tree' and the 'biR' a possible cognate with some of the shapes above.


It's interesting Stephen that you wrote about this as I was looking at the birrgalk references through out this collection yesterday. Then, I was looking at the distribution of the species Banksia Marginata as seen here: https://avh.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?taxa=Banksia+marginata#tab_mapView
What struck me was the small seemingly isolated pocket of growth located on the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula around Port Lincoln. I was wondering if this type of distribution is the result of a historically broader contiguous distribution that has been interrupted by a rise in sea levels?